A popular spot for snorkelers and scuba divers in the reef-rich, near-shore waters of Grand Cayman is Cheeseburger Reef, which got its name not from anything under the waves, but rather for its proximity to a topside fast food restaurant. The coral reef here starts about 20 yards off the shore and is marked by a pair of orange mooring buoys. Scuba divers can spot stingrays and reef fish from the sandy seafloor, about 40 feet down, while exploring myriad tunnels and reef formations. And snorkelers have plenty to see as well, with coral heads within 10 feet of the surface and an abundance of snapper, butterflyfish and sea turtles cruising the water column. While here, divers and snorkels should also explore the shipwreck Cali, a freighter that sank near the reef in just 20 feet of water.
Cheeseburger Reef can be accessed from the beach across from the downtown Burger King. It’s about a 10-minute walk north along North Church Street from the tender pier at the cruise ship port. Simply enter the water from the sandy beach and swim to the offshore marker buoys. Tour groups also visit this picturesque undersea attraction by boat, kayak and reef glider.